Skip to comments.Review: The Dying Gaul
Posted on 02/22/2014 12:30:29 PM PST by Kaslin
At the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. through March 16
Did you miss it? 2013 was the Year of Italian Culture (YOIC), brought to us by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The themes of the event were, according to the brochure, Research, Discovery, and Innovationwhich is somewhat odd, considering that the most noticeable manifestation of the YOIC was the temporary importation of various masterpieces of Italian art that are hundreds or even thousands of years old.
Perhaps the idea was for the YOIC to give evidence of past innovation. In any event, those of us on the receiving end should not be too nitpicky, as the United States benefited from a veritable carpet-bombing of old Italian paintings and sculptures: Caravaggios dropped on Los Angeles, the Capitoline Brutus on Boston, and a cluster of over seventy Veronese on Sarasota.
Here in Washington, D.C. we witnessed the inauguration of the YOICs artistic outreach with Michelangelos David-Apollo last year at the National Gallery. Now, even though it is technically no longer 2013, the YOIC, like a Roman native lingering at the end of a fine meal over the dolce and the digestivo, continues in the form of the Dying Gaul, an ancient statue also on display at the National Gallery. It is located in the Rotunda of the West Building, down the hall from another diplomatic exhibit: the Heaven and Earth show displaying Byzantine art and objects, brought to us by the government of Greece.
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I blame Hollande.
One of my favorites from art history class circa 1976.
Njaah, all cultures are of same value.
Dying Gaul not much different from any medicine man’s mask or totem pole.
That’s when I first met him - in Jansen’s history of art. Luckily, I saw him in person at the Capitoline Museum in Rome.
Never been to Europe, but I still have that book!
I don’t think it’s used in colleges anymore. Probably too pro-Western art!
BTW I know it’s heresy but I always preferred Donatello’s David to Michelangelo’s.
I love the Donatello - a very young David. But I do think God spoke through Michaelangelo when he created his David. Both are representative of the greatest of Western art.
But what about Bernini’s”
Made me laugh, and reminded me of a conversation we once had about Celts in Spain. Long time no talk to -- hope you are fine!
I am a great fan of Bernini. A friend once witnessed me breaking the Commandment not to covet by showing me his large coffee table book of close-ups of the Bernini sculptures on the colonnade around the Vatican plaza.
The Galatians seem to have kept their Celtic language for a long time, but the Roman province of Galatia was larger than the Celtic-speaking area. St. Paul's letter to the Galatians is in Greek. When he traveled around Asia Minor he could converse in Greek in the various cities...it is unlikely he had the time to learn Celtic and may not have encountered any Celtic-speaking Galatians.